Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley star in the grisly and entertaining theatrical event of the year. Life Like Company proudly brings Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s masterful musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to Sydney and Melbourne for a  limited season in June 2019.

 

Sweeney Todd (Anthony Warlow), an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett (Gina Riley), a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice.

 

Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up…and the carnage has only just begun!

Life Like Company is thrilled to celebrate this Tony Award-winning show’s 40th anniversary in 2019 with a gruesome and ghoulish new production.

 

This tour de force plays Darling Harbour Theatre at ICC Sydney and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne for a strictly limited season in June.

 

Strictly Limited Season:

 

Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney:  13 – 16 June, 2019

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne:  20 – 23 June, 2019

 

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Starring
Sweeney Todd
Anthony Warlow

Anthony has been thrilling audiences with his versatility from the moment he arrived on the theatrical scene. From his debut with the Australian Opera in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1980, he has left an indelible stamp on the industry both at home and abroad.

 

Anthony’s lengthy stage credits include the London National Theatre production of Guys and Dolls in 1986 in which he made his musical theatre debut as Sky Masterson, creating the role of Enjolras in the Australian production of Les Miserables (1988), and the title role of the Phantom in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (1990 and 2007-2008). In 1995 he enjoyed a joyous season as Archie Craven in Lucy Simon’s The Secret Garden, and collaborated with her again in 2010 creating the role of Dr Yurii Zhivago in the Australian premiere production of Doctor Zhivago. He enjoyed two Australian tours of Annie in 2000 and 2012, seasons with Opera Australia, and a critically acclaimed performance as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof.

 

Anthony made his Broadway debut in 2013 portraying the iconic role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in the 35th Anniversary production of Annie, directed by James Lapine. His performance won him several Broadway nominations, and in 2015 he was invited to return to the US to reprise his performance as Miguel De Cervantes/ Don Quixote for the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington production of Man of La Mancha. This performance won him the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Later that year Anthony replaced Kelsey Grammer in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland, playing the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook.

 

Anthony made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 but is no stranger to the concert platform, with performances around Australia performing with our Symphony Orchestras. His studio recordings have spanned more than 20 years and include solo albums, cast recordings and live performances in concert and with Opera Australia.

 

He has been honoured by the nation as ‘National Living Treasure’, a title he wears with pride. Anthony’s outstanding achievements have also been acknowledged with his investiture as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the performing arts.

Mrs. Lovett
Gina Riley

Gina Riley is an actress, writer, singer and comedian known for her popular characters on sketch shows Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Big Girl’s Blouse and Something Stupid.

 

She is the creator, writer and executive producer of four enormously successful seasons of Kath & Kim for television (which also features her singing talents in the opening titles), a feature-length telemovie Da Kath & Kim Code, and feature film Kath & Kimderella.

 

She has been nominated and won several awards including Helpmann Award, TV Week Logie, AFI, Green Room and AWGIE awards.

 

Gina has also appeared on television in Please Like Me, The Beautiful Lie, Open Slather, The Games, The Bob Downe Show, Bligh, Acropolis Now and While You’re Down There.

 

Musical theatre credits include Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos and the role of Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show.

 

Gina has also featured in the films Just Us and Bad Eggs.

 

In 2016 Gina starred as Mrs Thornhill in the return season of North By Northwest and reprised her role as Donna in series 4 of Please Like Me.

 

Most recently, Gina starred as Ryan Shelton’s mother/nemesis Charlotte Shelton in How To Life, a three part short form web comedy series for UK broadcaster, Channel 4 and Melbourne Theatre Company’s revival of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde.

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Creative Team
Director
Theresa Borg

Theresa Borg has worked in the theatre as a principal performer, writer and director. Her sung roles include Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Miserables, Jellylorum/ Griddlebone in Cats and Hope in Anything Goes! for producers including Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company.

 

For Victorian Opera, Theresa sang Papaghena in the inaugural Gala Concert, Mrs Samsa in Metamorphoses,  a Green Room nominated performance of Angelique in Angelique and Zerbinetta in Ariadne Auf Naxos. Opera Australia/Oz Opera highlights include Musetta in La Bohéme, Eliza cover for My Fair Lady and The Queen of the Night for Sing Your Own Opera! Events.  In 2014, Theresa played Fosca in Passion for Life Like Company.

 

Theresa has directed and written over 20 family musicals. These include Sesame Street presents Elmo’s Super Fun Hero Show, Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up, Octonauts Live: Operation Reef Shield, Chuggington Live: The Great Rescue Adventure, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, and Sesame Street presents Elmo’s World Tour. These shows have toured Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

 

In 2015 Theresa was Associate Director on City of Angels for Life Like Company, and directed The Consul for Gertrude Opera and La Cenerentola for Citiopera.

 

In 2016 Theresa directed Life Like Company’s critically acclaimed production of The Light in the Piazza at Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne.

 

That year she was also delighted to write and direct Disney in Concert Under the Stars for The Walt Disney Company and Live Nation.

Musical Director
Vanessa Scammell

Vanessa has an extremely diverse portfolio of work as a conductor of ballet, musical theatre, concert repertoire and opera.

 

Post graduate study includes a Masters in conducting and she has been the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award and the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Conducting Fellowship for The Australian Ballet.

 

Conducting credits include:

The Australian Ballet: The Dream, Body Torque, Nutcracker.

Opera Australia: The Merry Widow, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, La Traviata (Oz Opera).

Music Theatre: Funny Girl (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Hello Dolly, The Light in the Piazza, The Producers, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Titanic, Cats and Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Having conducted the Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Christchurch, Perth and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, concert credits include: Broadway to La Scala; Peter and Jack starring Barry Humphries, Idina Menzel LIVE – Barefoot at the Symphony; Eskimo Joe: and for Lea Salonga in Concert.

 

Vanessa was Music Director for The Divorce, a commissioned opera for TV for Opera Australia, Princess Pictures and the ABC, and has been the Helpmann’s Music Director for the past 11 years.

 

In 2016 she was nominated for a Green Room Award for her work as Musical Director of The Light in the Piazza, also for Life Like Company.

 

In 2018 Vanessa conducted The Merry Widow for Opera Australia, West Australia Opera and Opera Queensland. She also conducted a Symphony tour of Planet Earth for the BBC. Vanessa was also appointed Guest Conductor with the Hubei Symphony in China until 2020.

 

2019 sees Vanessa conduct Blue Planet 2 with the BBC, concerts for Opera Queensland and Canberra Symphony and another tour of Broadway to La Scala.

Set Designer
Charlotte Lane

Charlotte is a set, costume and production designer. She is a graduate of Design at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild.

 

Charlotte works between Australia, China and the UK, designing for companies including Shanghai Opera House, Beijing Children’s Art Theatre, Tron Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre and Sydney Chamber Opera.

 

Her work has toured internationally, including to the Edinburgh Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Commonwealth Games Home Nations Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

 

Charlotte was awarded the ‘ACS Award for Design for a Live Performance’ (2018), the ‘AIT Award for Set Design’ (2017) and received a nomination for the ‘Jennie Tate Award for Costume Design’ (2017) by the APDG. She was nominated for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for her work on ‘Ulysses’ (2012).

 

Charlotte was the 2016 recipient of the ‘Thelma Afford Award for Costume Design’.

Costume Designer
Kim Bishop

Kim was nominated for a 2016 Green Room Award (alongside Kinky Boots and Matilda) for his costume design on The Light in the Piazza for Life Like Company. He also designed City Of Angels for Life Like Company in 2015.

 

Other costume design work includes the sell-out season of Rent late last year at Chapel Off Chapel (James Terry Productions), Cross Roads (A new Australian Musical), Doubt: A Parable (RL Productions), The 39 Steps and They’re Playing Our Song (HIT Productions national tours), Barassi – The Stage Show (Athenaeum Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar, Singin’ In The Rain, The Producers, Kismet, The King & I, The Boyfriend, Crazy For You, Mame, Damn Yankees, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity and The Boy From Oz with Todd McKenney (The Production Company).

 

As well as designing, Kim has a successful career in many other facets of the theatre costume industry. He has toured as Head of Wardrobe on many large scale musicals including The King & I, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, South Pacific, The Rocky Horror Show, Aida – The Spectacular, Singin’ In The Rain, Shout, Moonshadow, One Man Two Guvnors, The Boy From Oz and Dusty.

 

He has dressed on Grease, Cats, Sugar Babies, A Little Night Music, Shane Warne – The Musical, as well as for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet to name only a few. For some years Kim had the pleasure of touring the world as Wardrobe Manager with Torvill & Dean and their international ice skating companies, playing everywhere from his home town Melbourne to Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.

 

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Lighting Designer / Ass. Set Designer
Tom Willis

Tom is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, where he studied lighting design under John Comeadow and Nick Schlieper. Since graduating in 2008, he has established himself as a successful freelance designer, working on a wide range of projects spanning traditional theatre, puppetry, dance, circus, opera, musical theatre and cabaret. His work has been nominated for two Green Room Awards, most recently for Life Like Company’s City of Angels in 2015 and 4 Larks’ The Temptation of St. Antony in 2012.

 

As a lighting designer, notable projects include:

City of Angels, Scooby Doo Live: Level Up!, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash (Life Like Touring), Mother (IF Theatre / Regional Arts Victoria), Money Shots (Sydney Theatre Company), The Plague Dances (Malthouse), Orpheus, The Temptation of St. Antony, Undine, Peer Gynt (4 Larks), The Ugly One, The Pigeons (Griffin Independent), Pale Blue Dot (OpticNerve), Exodus (Bone Marrow Theatre), Opening Night Gala (Melbourne Cabaret Festival), DasShoku Shake! (Yumi Umiumare), Dying City and Purgatorio (Hoy Polloy), Sweeney Todd, Rhinoceros (Union House).

 

As an associate designer, notable projects include:

Circus Under My Bed (Flying Fruit Fly Circus), Pompeii LA, Baal (Malthouse), Assembly (Chunky Move), The White Guard, The Serpent’s Teeth, Year of Magical Thinking (Sydney Theatre Company), Realism, Moonlight and Magnolias (Melbourne Theatre Company), Measure for Measure (Company B), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Victorian Opera).

Creative Producer
Luke Gallagher

Luke works as Creative Producer for Life Like Company and Life Like Touring.

 

He worked on the acclaimed Life Like Company production of Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza in 2016; Cy Coleman, Larry Gelbart and David Zippel’s City of Angels in 2015, which was nominated for a Best Production (Music Theatre) Green Room Award; and on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Passion in 2014.

 

In 2016 Luke was Creative Producer with The Walt Disney Company and Live Nation on Disney in Concert Under the Stars around Australia.

 

In 2018 Luke was part of the team that brought Matt Cox’ hit Off-Broadway play PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic to Australia, where it broke box office records and was officially named the longest running play in Melbourne theatre history, with its 12 week run at the Alex Theatre St Kilda.

 

Luke Gallagher is also responsible for overseeing creative elements of numerous live touring shows for Life Like Touring throughout Australia, United Kingdom, Asia, India, Russia, USA, Canada and the Middle East.

 

Past productions include, PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure, Barney Live!, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the RescueScooby-Doo Live! Level Up, Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash, Chuggington Live: The Great Rescue AdventureDora’s Pirate Adventure, Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt, Sesame Street presents Elmo’s World Tour, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys and Yo Gabba Gabba Live!